Chron’s Disease is a chronic bowel disorder that causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal system from the mouth to the anus. There are five different types of Chron’s disease that affect different areas of the body and each sufferer in a unique way. This disease can lead to vitamin deficiencies, severe stomach pains, diarrhea, and fever. Chron’s disease is not a constant affliction and is classified by alternating periods of remission and flare ups of varying degrees.
Chron’s disease is caused in an individual when their immune system attacks healthy bacteria in the body that it mistakes for dangerous microbes. When the body launches this immune response, white blood cells are transported to the areas of concern to neutralize what they believe are harmful molecules. This immune response produces by-products known as free radicals that breakdown the lipids in the gastrointestinal lining. As the lipids in the cells of the gastrointestinal lining are broken down Chron’s Diease becomes progressively worse. Damaged lipids can create scar tissue and perforations in the gastrointestinal system that allow unwanted materials to pass into the blood stream. Chron’s disease patients often have trouble properly digesting and absorbing food.
There is no known cure for Crohn’s disease, but certain therapies have been shown to greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease and can bring long-term remission. A strict vitamin regiment is recommended by most doctors for Chron’s disease sufferers that includes the following 13 vitamins and minerals; Vitamin B 12, Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids and Glutamine. Majority of the recommended vitamins and supplements can be found in the complete nutritional system Propax.
Certain foods have also been found to trigger Chron’s flare ups, learning to avoid these foods can reduce symptoms and promote intestinal health. There are different food triggers for each sufferer, but a number of them are common for majority of Chron’s patients and should be avoided, they include:
- Alcohol (mixed drinks, beer, wine)
- Butter, mayonnaise, margarine, oils
- Carbonated beverages
- Coffee, tea, chocolate
- Corn husks
- Dairy products
- fatty foods
- Fried foods
- Foods high in fiber
- Gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, broccoli, onions)
- Nuts and seeds (peanut butter, other nut butters)
- Raw fruits
- Raw vegetables
- Red meat and pork
- Spicy foods
- Whole grains and bran
Once you determine the foods the trigger flares ups, it is important to avoid them or learn new ways to prepare them so they will not cause gastrointestinal irritation. Keeping a daily food diary can help to determine your food triggers and is important for treatment.